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Map of Mali
UNICEF photo: A young child, receiving a jab to his upper arm, looks up at camera © UNICEF/2016/Balanzan Pixel 11-month Abdoul Wahab Mohamed receives vaccine doses against evitable diseases in Aldjana-bandia, Gao, northern Mali.


In 2017, UNICEF and partners plan for:

children under 5 affected by SAM admitted for treatment


children under 5 vaccinated against measles


affected people in the north provided with access to safe water

2017 Requirements: US$35,217,875

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Total people in need: 3.7 million
Total children (<18) in need: 2,072,000

Total people to be reached in 2017: 422,000
Total children to be reached in 2017: 302,000

Mali is still affected by the armed conflict that erupted in 2012 in the north of the country. Despite the signature of the peace agreement in June 2015, renewed violence is undermining the provision of humanitarian aid. Humanitarian access remains a major concern in the regions of Tombouctou, Gao, Menaka, Taoudeni and Kidal and some parts of Mopti. More than 36,000 internally displaced persons remain inside Mali and another 135,985 Malian refugees are in neighbouring countries.1 The provision of basic social services remains limited in the north. The food and nutrition crisis continues to affect children, with approximately 142,000 children aged 6 to 59 months expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in 2017.

Humanitarian strategy

2017 programme targets


  • 107,000 children under 5 affected by SAM admitted for treatment


  • 302,650 children under 5 vaccinated against measles
  • 10,240 children under 5 treated for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea


  • 240,000 affected people in the north provided with access to safe water
  • 23,600 caregivers of acutely malnourished children taught good hygiene practices

Child protection

  • 150,000 people made aware of mine risks and unexploded ordnance
  • 1,200 conflict-affected children accessed referral services and reintegration opportunities


  • 140,000 crisis-affected children accessing formal and non-formal education
  • 50,000 children benefiting from the education programme for peacebuilding

UNICEF and partners will continue to respond to humanitarian needs and facilitate access to quality basic social services for crisis-affected populations and other vulnerable groups. In line with the 2017–2019 Sahel Regional Interagency Strategy, UNICEF will focus on emergency response and the search for durable solutions. UNICEF’s multi-year humanitarian strategy will cover the response to the consequences of the armed conflict. UNICEF will also support integrated vaccination campaigns in the three northern regions and health facilities will receive essential drugs and medical equipment to support health care for children under 5 and pregnant women. UNICEF will continue to support the expansion of SAM treatment, implement integrated interventions in health, education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and reinforce the coordination capacities of national counterparts. In 2017, UNICEF will focus on the rehabilitation of infrastructure to ensure access to safe water for 240,000 people. UNICEF will improve access to quality learning for 140,000 children in crisis-affected communities. In child protection, UNICEF supports interventions for mental health and psychosocial support, children associated with armed forces and armed groups and survivors of gender-based violence, and reinforces the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism. UNICEF also supports disaster preparedness for flooding and epidemic outbreaks. UNICEF will reinforce access to basic social services in all prioritized areas where access can be established and will continue to respond to malnutrition and epidemics.

Results from 2016

As of 31 October 2016, UNICEF had received US$19.1 million against the US$33 million appeal (58 per cent funded).2 UNICEF reached 30,278 children aged 3 to 59 months through preventive malaria treatment campaigns, and in Kidal, 15,024 children under 5 were vaccinated against measles. UNICEF supported 796 conflict-affected children with psychosocial activities. Some 118,416 children aged 6 to 59 months suffering from SAM received treatment; and in Mopti, Gao and Timbuktu, children benefited from cognitive stimulation through early childhood development. UNICEF conducted the SMART3 survey in July 2016 to assess national malnutrition prevalence among children under 5. A total 77,200 affected people were provided with access to permanent drinking water sources, while 65,868 people received temporary access to safe water in Gao, Tombouctou and Mopti. In conflict-affected areas, 142,082 schoolchildren accessed non-formal and informal educational interventions and 836 teachers were trained in peace education, psychosocial support and mine risk education. Social mobilization efforts helped more than 400,000 children access education in Gao, Timbuktu and Mopti following the Every Child Counts campaign. Radio programmes, community dialogue sessions and home visits conducted by more than 1,700 child back-to-school ambassadors highlighted the importance of education, peace, social cohesion and inter-community tolerance. In addition, community mobilization activities and material support for 90,000 students were provided at the start of the school year in October 2016.

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Funding requirements

In line with the country’s inter-agency 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan, UNICEF is requesting US$75,625,875 for the period 2017 through 2019 to meet the humanitarian needs of children in Mali. Of this, US$35,217,875 is required for 2017.4 Without additional funding, UNICEF will be unable to support the national response to the country’s continuing nutrition crisis and provide critical services to people affected by the armed conflict in the north. Basic supplies for primary education are also urgently needed to uphold children’s right to education.

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1 Government of Mali and the Mali Protection Cluster, ‘Rapport Sur les Mouvements de Populations’, 13 October 2016; and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, ‘Opération Sahel’, UNHCR, 31 October 2016.
2 Available funds included funding received against current appeal of US$14.6 million and US$4.5 million carried forward from the previous year.
3 Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions.
4 This includes an additional US$4,027,515 requested beyond the Humanitarian Response Plan to reach 302,650 children with vaccination campaigns in health and 150,000 people with community-level mine risk education in child protection. It also covers coordination costs.